Ok sure, things are looking pretty bad out there. Take for example these recent news stories:
- Half of All Premature Deaths Due to Road & Electricity Emissions
In 2012, 34,080 lives ended early on American roads. That’s a big number, but it’s not as large as the number of people who die prematurely each year due to pollution caused by cars and trucks, according to a new study in the journal Atmospheric Environment. The study found an estimated 200,400 premature deaths attributable to combustion emissions in the U.S. last year. Click here to view the PDF of the study.
- Study finds troubling link between low birthweight and air pollution from traffic
Babies born to mothers who live in areas with air pollution and dense traffic are more likely to have a low birthweight and smaller head circumference, according to a large European study.
- Mapping the World’s Deadliest Roads
This year alone, more than 1.24 million people have died in traffic accidents, a devastating toll that in the absence of action could shoot up to 3.6 million deaths by 2030, according to road-safety data from the World Health Organization.
- Get ready for record temperatures … for the rest of your life
Within 35 years, even a cold year will be warmer than the hottest year on record, according to research published in Nature on Wednesday.
- Study: Climate change will wreak havoc on oceans by 2100
A new study looking at the impacts of climate change on the world’s ocean systems concludes that by the year 2100, about 98% of the oceans will be affected by acidification, warming temperatures, low oxygen or lack of biological productivity
- Map: These are the cities that climate change will hit first
BUT! All is not lost! (I hope!)